Japan’s ‘King Kazu’ to play on at 54 after signing extension

Japan’s ‘King Kazu’ to play on at 54 after signing extension

Kazuyoshi Miura is coming into his 36th season as knowledgeable footballer. Photograph by Koji Watanabe/Getty Pictures

Kazuyoshi Miura is ready to play on on the age of 54 after extending his contract with Yokohama FC for an additional season, the membership mentioned on Monday.

Miura, dubbed “King Kazu” in Japan, turns 54 on Feb. 26, a day earlier than the 2021 J-League marketing campaign kicks off. It is going to be his 17th season with the membership he joined in 2005.

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The previous Japan striker final scored towards Thespakusatsu Gunma in 2017 in Japan’s second division, changing into the oldest participant to attain in a Japanese skilled league recreation at 50 years and 14 days.

The 2021 season will likely be Miura’s 36th as knowledgeable after beginning his profession with Santos in Brazil in 1986.

The striker is likely one of the most revered sportsmen in Japan and was on the forefront of the nation’s football growth within the early 1990s when he was the poster boy of the newly launched league in 1993.

He led Verdy Kawasaki to the title in 1993 and 1994 earlier than shifting to Italy, the place he spent a season in Serie A with Genoa. He has additionally had stints in Croatia and Australia in addition to at different Japanese sides.

Miura gained the Asian Cup with Japan in 1992 however missed out on representing his nation on their debut look on the World Cup finals in France six years later. He scored 55 targets in 89 video games for Japan.

The ahead helped Yokohama safe promotion to Japan’s prime division on the finish of the 2019 season however performed solely 4 occasions within the 2020 season.

The Guinness World File for the oldest skilled footballer is held by Israeli Isaak Hayik, who performed in aim final April for Israel’s Ironi Or Yehuda, aged 73.

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